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I'm buying a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC - mistake?

 
dannybres
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Sep 11, 2012 09:10 |  #1

tl;dr version:- I never print about A4, will i notice the optical inferiority of the VC over the non-VC.

I have a 7D with a 18-55mm (non-IS) lens. I use it a lot. I want a faster lens, with better quality glass as I use it alot.

I have 3 options:

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Tamron 17-50mm
Tamron 17-50mm VC

I have discounted the Canon, I cannot justify such an expensive upgrade today, I have just started photography and I do not need USM, FTM, super focusing or good IS right now.

Now I am going to buy for the VC model as it will give me the option of 4 stops of stabalisation when I need it and when I do not, I will just loose a tiny amount of sharpness in my image.

I normally make photobooks, small prints with my images, never above A4, will I ever notice this quality degredation in my final prints. Is a VC Tamron a mistake?

Video is somwthing that fascinates me and I play to play with alot. The VC will be a massive help for that.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:12 |  #2

Did you look at the sigma 17-50 2.8. It is stabilised...


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Sep 11, 2012 09:16 |  #3

Unless Tamron 17-50mm VC is significantly cheaper, go with Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS - it is sharper, has much faster and more accurate AF.

In fact, Sigma OS is cheaper on amazon.com - 620$ vs. Tamron's 650$. Same with B&H. Apparently, Sigma is running a 50$ rebate until Sep. 30.

Definitely go with the Sigma.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:28 |  #4

It is over £100 extra in the UK. Creeping closer to Canon price. Sigma is not an option.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:38 |  #5

How much is the non VC?? it is a sharper lens... not sure you need VC at 17-50 except for very low light...


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Sep 11, 2012 09:54 |  #6

there is a £14 difference in VC to non VC..... Which I see as insignificant.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:55 |  #7

dannybres wrote in post #14976322 (external link)
It is over £100 extra in the UK. Creeping closer to Canon price. Sigma is not an option.

The sigma should be on your list. Its better than both tamrons, and bar AF, is equal to the canon, for a lower price.


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Sep 11, 2012 10:07 |  #8

Ignoring the Sigma, VC or non-VC??


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Sep 11, 2012 10:12 |  #9

dannybres wrote in post #14976452 (external link)
Ignoring the Sigma, VC or non-VC??

Ignoring the Sigma is, well ignorant because it is amazing good for the price, but of the two I would get the non VC


Canon 7D/350D, Σ17-50/2.8 OS, 18-55IS, 24-105/4 L IS, Σ30/1.4 EX, 50/1.8, C50/1.4, 55-250IS, 60/2.8, 70-200/4 L IS, 85/1.8, 100/2.8 IS L, 135/2 L 580EX II, 430EX II * 2, 270EX II.

  
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Sep 11, 2012 10:15 |  #10

Another vote for the Non VC Tamron...

Sharp as hell on my old Nikon setup..


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Sep 11, 2012 10:31 |  #11

The reviews I have read prefer the Tamron


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Sep 11, 2012 11:14 |  #12

dannybres wrote in post #14976558 (external link)
The reviews I have read prefer the Tamron

Well the Sigma is better than the Tamron VC

http://www.photozone.d​e …82-tamron_1750_28vc_canon (external link)
http://www.photozone.d​e/canon-eos/531-sigma1750f28os (external link)

The image quality of the non VC and Sigma are overall pretty equal. The question is if you want to spend the extra money on the Sigma to have stabilization and faster quiet focusing or not.


Canon 7D/350D, Σ17-50/2.8 OS, 18-55IS, 24-105/4 L IS, Σ30/1.4 EX, 50/1.8, C50/1.4, 55-250IS, 60/2.8, 70-200/4 L IS, 85/1.8, 100/2.8 IS L, 135/2 L 580EX II, 430EX II * 2, 270EX II.

  
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Sep 11, 2012 11:36 as a reply to  @ dannybres's post |  #13

I'm using the Tamron 17-50 VC for a while now and I think it performs very well. I have no non VC to compare with, but compared to the Canon 50mm 1.4 and 70-200mm F4 IS I have no complaints about the sharpness. And the VC works great.


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Sep 11, 2012 12:00 |  #14

Guys, is it worth using the hood that comes with the Tamron? Is it a good hood or is there a better alternative for that lens?




  
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Sep 11, 2012 12:15 as a reply to  @ Koolpc's post |  #15

Here an example of the sharpness.

23mm, f2/8, 1/800, ISO 100

IMAGE: http://photo.van-sluis.nl/potn/tamron-vc.jpg

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